Allied Warships

HMS Lossie (K 303)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 303 
Built byCanadian Vickers (Montreal, Canada) 
Ordered9 Dec 1941 
Laid down2 Oct 1942 
Launched30 Apr 1943 
Commissioned14 Aug 1943 
End service 
History

Was to be built in Canada for the United States Navy but transferred to the Royal Navy under the lend-lease program.

Returned to the U.S.N. 26 January 1946.  

Commands listed for HMS Lossie (K 303)

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1Lt.Cdr. Archibald Frederick MacFie, OBE, RD, RNR14 Aug 1943Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Lossie include:


20 Jan 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR). (1)

21 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR) then anchored at Moville. (2)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR), HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR) and aircraft from HMS Biter (Capt. L.A.K. Boswell, DSO, RN). (3)

3 Mar 1944

Convoy KMF 29A.

This convoy departed the Clyde on 3 March 1944 for Alexandria.

It was made up of the troop transport Strathnaver (British, 22283 GRT, built 1931). Also part of the convoy were the escort carriers HMS Atheling (Capt. R.I. Agnew, OBE, RCN), HMS Begum (A/Capt. J.E. Broome, DSC, RN) and the aircraft transports HMS Athene (T/A/Cdr. C.H. Moulton, RNR) and HMS Engadine (Capt. W.T. Fitzgerald, RD, RNR). These ships were ferrying aircraft.

Escort was provided by the light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. S.H. Paton, RN), sloop HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN) and the frigates Cranstoun (Lt. E.W. Rainey, RN), HMS Deane (Lt. V.A. Hickson, DSO, RN), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN), HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR), HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR), HMS Shiel (Lt. H.P. Crail, DSC, RNR), HMS Spey (Cdr. G.A.G. Ormsby, RN) and HMS Taff (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR).

Around 0800Z/6, the sloop HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) joined the convoy.

Around 1800Z/6, the frigates HMS Cranstoun, HMS Deane and HMS Redmill parted company with the convoy.

During the night of 9/10 March, HMS Nigeria fuelled at Gibraltar and then rejoined the convoy.

Around 1000A/11, HMS Erne parted company with the convoy to proceed to Algiers.

At 0137B/13, HMS Nigeria parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead of it to Port Said.

Around 1710A/13, the light cruiser HMS Phoebe (Capt. C.P. Frend, RN) joined the convoy.

Around 0600B/16, HMS Phoebe parted company with the convoy to proceed to Alexandria.

The convoy arrived at Port Said late in the afternoon of the 16th.

3 Jun 1944
During 3/4 June 1944, HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Trincomalee with the Indian sloop HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. F.F.W. Harvey, RIN) and the British frigates HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR), HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR) and HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR). (4)

4 Jun 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises with off Trinocomalee together with HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR). (5)

12 Jun 1944
During 12 and 13 June 1944, HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. During these exercises she was escorted by HMS Rosalind (A/Skr.Lt. E.G. Littler, DSC, RD, RNR). Also part of these exercises were a practice attack on HMS Begum (A/Capt. J.E. Broome, DSC, RN) and A/S exercises with two of her escorts, the frigates HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR) and HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18491
  2. ADM 173/19199
  3. ADM 173/18850
  4. ADM 173/19049
  5. ADM 173/18785
  6. ADM 173/18674

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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